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RATINGS: 838   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Award-winning Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale® is a unique sipping beer with the distinctive nose of a well-crafted bourbon. Our Kentucky Ale® is aged for up to six weeks in freshly decanted bourbon barrels from some of Kentucky’s finest distilleries. Subtle yet familiar flavors of vanilla and oak are imparted to this special ale as it rests in the charred barrels. Pleasantly smooth and robust, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale may also be served as an aperitif or after-dinner drink. Launched in 2006, it has grown to become the flagship beer of the premier name in barrel-aged beers: Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (3638) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 30, 2009
Tried this on the recommendation of Brian Yaeger, author of "Red, White, and Brew." It’s nice to see a bourbon barrel aged beer other than the massive imperial stouts and such. This beer is a nice clear amber color with a small off-white head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and oak. Flavor is slightly sweet caramel malt, bourbon, vanilla, oak, buttery notes, and a little alcohol. Very well balanced. Body is medium and palate is smooth with medium-low carbonation. An underrated beer, and drinkable for the ABV.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SrSilliGose (3319) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 28, 2009
growler shared by phaleslu- Thanks Peter! Notes of Apple, wood, caramel, bourbon. nice body. A bit flatter than when fresh, according to peter, but good nonetheless.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 17, 2009
Wow mostly bourbon in the nose. Light toast and caramel, but mostly vanilla and oak, and booze. Pours hazy orange amber, thin foam. Bourbon, vanilla, oak. Its not subtle, but its not hot. Some base beer sweetness, but the base beer was so unassertive that the barrels took most of it away. Its got all the bourbon flavor without the bourbon burn. Some toasted bread and caramel are there if you look REALLY hard. Its actually not as bad as you might think from a brewery that sounds like a cell phone company.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 1, 2009
12 oz bottle - Aroma of vanilla, oak barrel wood bourbon and a shot of real whisky. Gold body with thin white head. Flavor has a good vanillla, creamy texture to it along with bourbon. Alright on the palate. Decent brew. Thanks to whomever sent this one to me!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (7543) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2014 Draft. Pours a clear amber with a thin off-white head that hangs around for a while. Not as dark as you’d think, but it’s still an attractive brew. The aroma really pops, with vanilla, sugar, bourbon, fruit, and oak. The flavor is also very sweet, with vanilla, bourbon, and butter, with some other sugary notes coming through. I expected more alcohol in the nose and flavor, but it is well masked for the most part. The body is light, with just a little carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel. Overall, it’s so light and sweet that it’s dangerously easy to drink quickly. I recognize its flaws (perhaps a bit too sweet, and not the smoothest blend of bourbon and ale), but really enjoy the hell out of this beer. It’s important to note that there is a huge difference between draft and bottle for this beer, so get it on tap if you can.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 7, 2009
12 oz bottle I think I got from Acknud. Light color with solid head. Was expecting heavy and powerful, but instead got light and seriously drinkable. Flavorful, but light enough to be session beer. Didn’t really taste the 8.8 abv.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shigadeyo (3287) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2009

10/21/2007: Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale has a clear amber-colored appearance with a mild amount of carbonation. Oak and bourbon waft from the beer in its aroma. This beer is sweet and tastes like water and bourbon with a touch of added malt. There is a hint of oak and some alcohol does show through. It is medium-body and smooth. However, it doesn’t really have many beer-like qualities and tastes more like watered down bourbon.

12 fl. oz. bottle shared by Rob. Rating #152 for this beer.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 20, 2009
12 oz. – Clear amber, thin white fizzy head. Soft sour mash and butterscotch aromas warm to a slight sweet vanilla and oaken citric backing. Light tangy whiskey is rounded by hints of vanilla and wood with a faint citric hop tone in the finish. Light to medium bodied, light carbonation, subtle boozy finish. Like a weak glass of bourbon with a splash of amber ale…

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2009
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of bourbon, caramel, and butterscotch. Poured amber in color with a small to medium-sized, creamy, dense, off-white head that diminished but lasted around the edges. Slightly hazy. Slightly sparkling. A few small particles. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of bourbon, alcohol, light caramel, butterscotch, malts, and butter. Medium body. Thin, slick texture. Average carbonation. Bourbon, butterscotch, and butter finish. No so good.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BigDaddyBlues (46) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2009
I found this to be a very different beer. I assumed it would be more like a stout or a porter but it was very much lighter. I think that made it more appealing to me. I love beer but I am a whiskey drinker first and foremost. If you like whiskey you will like this. You cannot get away from the whiskey taste.


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